That’s a wrap. Just like that, one-third of the 2019 CFL season is already complete, so because of this here are the Week 7 CFL power rankings. There have been several storylines through this young season. However, none of which has had more attention, for all the wrong reasons, then the health of the CFL quarterback. With six out of the nine starters at the pivot position going down to injury, this CFL season has not been a masterpiece in that regard.
The latest QB to go down is Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. Masoli left last weeks game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with a season-ending torn ACL. Hamilton was still able to win that game, however, was it enough for them to vault past the Bombers for number one in these rankings? Read on to find out.
CFL Week 7 Power Rankings
1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-1)
Last Week Ranking: 1
It took six weeks for the Bombers to lose a game, and typically that would be enough for me to move them down these rankings. Not to mention that they lost to my second-ranked team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by a score of 23-15. That said, with Masoli going down with the aforementioned season-ending injury, the Bombers will remain at number one. At least for one more week.
2) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5-1)
Last Week Ranking: 2
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats had to dig deep last week to pull out the win over the previously unbeaten Blue Bombers. And dig deep they did. With back-up pivot Dane Evans coming in cold, the Tiger-Cats defence dominated the Bombers and turned an early 14-0 lead into their fifth win of the year.
3) Edmonton Eskimos (4-2)
Last Week Ranking: 3
Speaking of dominating defensive performances, it doesn’t get much better than the Eskimos defensive play from Week 7. Beating the Toronto Argonauts is certainly not a monumental feat. However, shutting a team out in the Canadian game is. The Eskimos did just that on Thursday night with a 26-0 win over the Argos.
4) Calgary Stampeders (4-2)
Last Week Ranking: 4
The Calgary Stampeders were so close to moving down these rankings had it not been for a controversial coaching decision by Ottawa Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell. The Stampeders managed to sneak out a last-second 17-16 win over the Redblacks, and maintained their second position in the CFL’s west division.
5) Montreal Alouettes (3-2)
Last Week Ranking: 5
The Montreal Alouettes continue to hold down the fifth spot on these rankings coming off their bye week.
6) Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-3)
Last Week Ranking: 7
Despite winning 2 games in a row, it was a very difficult decision to move the Riders up one spot in these rankings. While both wins were convincing, they were against an awful BC Lions team in back to back games. The Riders will have to prove that they can beat a good team before climbing any further in these ranks.
7) Ottawa Redblacks (2-4)
Last Week Ranking: 6
After winning the first two games of the 2019 season, the Redblacks have now dropped four straight. Therefore, it felt only right to drop them one spot from last week. The Redblacks found a way to lose last week against the Stampeders, and good teams just don’t let those things happen.
8) BC Lions (1-6)
Last Week Ranking: 8
I think the eighth spot on this list may be too high for this Lions team. With the way, this team has looked the entire season to this point, there really isn’t much reason for optimism with this group. The Lions are getting bounced around week in and week out. Perhaps, the upcoming bye week will give them a chance to get it together.
9) Toronto Argonauts (0-6)
Last Week Ranking: 9
The Toronto Argonauts have yet to win a game in 2019. However, there is a reason to believe that there might be something there with this group. The Argos defence seems to be improving each passing week, and with the return of Bear Woods to Toronto, that should only help. That said, the offensive issues with this group continue to be a problem. That must be fixed soon or it will be a long rest of the way for the Argos.
The Last Word
Not a lot of movement in these ranks this week, and even with the one move from last week, I don’t feel particularly comfortable with it. That said, with a few intriguing matchups on the schedule this week, it is possible that we will see quite a bit of movement in Week 8.
As always, let me know what you think. Agree or disagree, either way, I would love to hear from you.
Enjoy Week 8.
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